shot glass
Issue # 6 January 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Italian from UCLA. She has lived for many years as an expat in Milan, Italy, becoming a volunteer nurse and first aid instructor for the Italian Red Cross. Her works have appeared previously in Shot Glass Journal, and among her other credits are Boston Literary Magazine, The Fib Review, Victorian Violet Press, Lucid Rhythms, Tilt-a-Whirl, Prole, LightenUp Online and Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She is the proud winner of the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest.

Lois Elaine Heckman

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The Politician's Speech

(butterfly cinquain)


The tie's
swirls match the twists of his
rhetorical somersaults and
convolutions in frippery.
Clearly, that glabrous head
is just as bare